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Sep 28, 2013 7:00am EDT
for the first time. the security council was able to agree to endorse the geneva communique of 30 june, 2012:the formation of a transitional government body with full executive powers in syria. the adoption of this resolution is important as it is will not an end to the war nor to the enormous suffering of the syrian people. they humanitarian challenge, the security challenge cannot be resolved in any other way but through a negotiated political solution to the crisis. syria must engage in a political transition process that leads to respecting the aspiration of all citizens. consequently we encourage all concerned parties to take advantage of the positive dynamic that has been created in this case, chemical weapons, progress towards a cessation of hostilities towards the holding of geneva 2 and the necessary political transition in syria. any delay will only lead to more death and more suffering. mr. president, our attention is focused on the most recent chapters in recent days concerning chemical weapons we cannot forget the humanitarian catastrophe which continues to unfold in syria and its n
Sep 13, 2013 6:30pm PDT
on serbia in geneva. >> tragedy in russia as 37 people are killed in a fire at a psychiatric hospital. >> well, it is a case that has shocked the collective conscience of a nation. that's how an indian nation described crimes as he sentenced for men to death for the rape and murder of a student in delhi. >> they were convicted of luring a student into a bus last december and then of gang raping her. >> the sentence has been welcomed in many corners. >> "hang the rapists," the demonstrators chant as the men arrived to hear their sentence. activist say they believe the death penalty will act as a deterrent to others. many here including top politicians believe justice has been served. >> the sentence will give justice to that girl and her family. the judge has set an example to such antisocial elements by saying that if someone commits such a crime that this is the only punishment or it. >> four men were found guilty of luring the victim onto a us and raping her repeatedly. the attackers tortured her with a metal bar, causing injuries that led to her death. the death penalty is rare in
Sep 12, 2013 10:00am PDT
. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in geneva where john kerry is about to open talks with his russian counterpart and trying to find out whether russia is really serious about getting rid of syria's chemical weapons. also how do you square that with vladimir putin's extraordinary op-ed in "new york times" denouncing the president's threat to use force against the regime and insisting the poison gas came from the rebels, not assad. new jersey senator bob menendez chairs foreign relations committee and joins us from capitol hill. senator, thank you very much. we're told that putin has privately been telling the president he knows who was responsible for that attack. lavrov has been talking to secretary kerry. but now you've got vladimir putin writing this op-ed. how did it make you feel? >> well, look, it turned my stomach. to read all of the elements of putin's op-ed, to suggest that, you know, he has a problem with american exceptionalism, the conduit to the path to peace when he has been the obstacle at the united nations not just to our efforts but the brits, french and others to tr
Sep 12, 2013 10:00am PDT
in geneva. first, our senior international correspondent nick paton walsh at the united nations where there are important developments unfolding. nick, tell our views are what you've learned. >> reporter: a very big deal here. the u.n. confirmed to us that the syrian mission has sent to them a letter in which they ask to join the chemical weapons convention of 1993. now the terms of that basically say a country has to get rid of all of its stockpiles of chemical weapons, anything used to create them within a period of ten years. i've been speaking to an expert who explained a little more how this works now. he said that the act of actually joining this convention means you accept all of its terms, you are agreeing to the destruction of all of the weapons and that within 30 days of joining, those provisions within that particular convention become binding. so syria's stuck with what it's agreed to hear within 30 days. we've had a lot of caveats from bashar al assad in interviews he's been giving. we haven't seen the full text of the letter, but the u.n. is confirming this secession whi
Sep 12, 2013 7:00pm PDT
, the headlines. johnti in geneva. can they break two years of diplomatic deadlock over syria? elsewhere, world powers voice alarm as north korea restarts their nuclear reactor. an electric planes, cleaner automobiles, the french government unveils projects designed to revive industries. bashar al-assad says he expects to hand over information on the chemical weapons within a month. if the threat from the united states. . making his comments in an interview with russian television. the u.n. says it has received documents from damascus. this is barack obama opening for a positive outcome as john kerry and the russian foreign minister to down in geneva to discuss the plan. the un security council members remain split over the content of the resolution. a russian newspaper has reviewed details of how moscow wants to proceed with its plan. france 24 has more. >> banning, inspecting, and destroying. the elements of a plan revealed on thursday with a central thrust to deal with syria's chemical weapons. the nation would have to join an organization for that prohibition and declare what it had in term
Sep 27, 2013 8:00pm EDT
is an increasing syrian led political process based on the geneva conference from jersey -- convening on the conference in and syria to implement the geneva communiquÉ. excellencies, it is time to make this happen as quickly as possible. the united nations has completed all of the preparatory work. president assad has stated that he is prepared to send a delegation to geneva and the syrian coalition has expressed its willingness to engage. our conversations over the last week have focused on launching geneva to. on wednesday i will have lunch with the five permanent members of the council. we are going to make sure that the syrian participants come to the conference to negotiate in good faith. now today the united nations joins special representative rahimi and i continued discussion with the member states. we are aiming toward a conference in november. in the meantime mr. brahimi will launch all the necessary preparations to ensure success. distinguished members of the council, no one is naÏve to the challenges of ending this conflict. the syrian side busting gauge constructively t
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Sep 12, 2013 8:00am EDT
is in geneva for two days of high level talks on the syrian cries. will the u.s. and russia be able to reach a deal? >> just hours before the talks, a power play from russian president vladamir putin, warninging against u.s. strikes on syria, saying it would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. >> in the philippines, hundreds are held hostage and thousands forced to flee as armed muslim rebels and government troops face off in intense fighting. >> in boulder, colorado, at least two people have been killed and flash flooding overnight has caused evacuations including five students from a nearby university told to get out. we have the latest. >> dozens of people were rescued from their homes as floodwaters rose overnight. water gushed down these steps and passage ways in boulder, where torrential rains caused major flashed floods. >> if that retaining wall comes down, we're in trouble. >> a mandatory evacuation is in effect for jamestown where a number of homes collapsed. colorado university, boulder will be closed today, the school sent students text messages to alert them o
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Sep 14, 2013 1:00pm EDT
to destroy all chemical weapons. >> breck through in geneva, an arms deal on syria, and plans for possible action. a massive rescue effort is underway in colorado after the worst flooding in decades. entire towns have been cut off and 200 people are unaccounted for. >> what hurts me the most is all this has to be rebuilt. after everything that has happened, now this. i wonder if it's actually meant to be. >> the daunting task of moving on and starting over--again. along the jersey shore seaside boardwalk. >> a breakthrough in the syria crisis. russia and the u.s. have come to terms on a deal of syria's chemical weapons. but questions remain. >> reporter: the decision in geneva between secretary of state john kerry and his russian counter part, sevgey lavrov, they have outlined our syria will relinquish it's stock pile of chemical weapons, something that they have not admitted to having until last week. it also demands that the regime clearly outline the size and nature of its chemical arsenal--within a week. much quicker than bashar al-assad said th's month that hd that they needed. meanwh
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Sep 16, 2013 6:00am EDT
to the geneva process which calls for a transition government with full executive authority by mutual consent of the parties that will layout the structure for the new syria. that's our end strategic goal here and all of us remain committed to that goal and committed to ending the violence as soon as possible. we understand that removing the chemical weapons still leafs him with artillery and airplanes and he uses them indiscriminantly against his people and we will do everything in our power to continue to push towards the political resolution that is so critical to ending that violence. we will all be in new york. we will be working with our colleagues there. we will meet with braheemi on the united nations general assembly meetings and do everything in our power to help the people of syria to get out from under this chaos and violence that is creating such a human catastrophe for all of us, not only to witness but to have to deal with. thank you, laurel. >> translator: we have two questions. so each of the speakers, sir? mr. hague doesn't speak french so i will speak in english. >> secret
Sep 12, 2013 11:30pm PDT
the norm that was established here in geneva almost a century ago, and it would achieve the best of all of our aspirations for curbing weapons of mass destruction. >> i am convinced that our american colleagues are convinced that we should follow the peaceful resolution. they held out the possibility that these talks could pave the way for a long-awaited peace conference, but a dealo secure theee chemical weapons will be tough enough. they are lacking details in a timely fashion. >> there is the question of syria's conditions. president assad gave no indication that a mask is possessed chemical weapons. in an interview with russian tv, he would agree to a plan if the u.s. with drew the threat of military force and stopped secretly arming the rebels. and the mutual suspicion between washington and moscow. vladimir putin had an opinion piece in the new york times. millions around the world, it is relying solely on brute force. coalitions tether, you're either with us or against us. the threat of military force. >> this is not a game. that's what i said when we talked initially. it has to
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Sep 12, 2013 6:00am EDT
this to say about the upcoming talks. >> in geneva we agreed to discuss the initiative with wide support of the world. syrian chemical weapons will be placed under international supervision understanding that will abandon the use of force in the syrian republic. >> we'll go to moscow in a moment but first we'll go to geneva, switzerland where the talks between kerry and lavrov will begin. when are those talks going to begin? >> well, looks as if the russian foreign minister will be arriving only later in the afternoon. john kerry has arrived, you saw the motorcade arrive at the intercontinental hotel behind me. it may be a late evening for the u.s. secretary of state and for the russian foreign minister. from what we gathered, this is at least a two-day intensive discussion between the two men we know also that the russians and the americans have traveled over here together with their own teams of chemical weapon inspectors to look at the evidence they have. it would pave the way essentially for the disarmament of bashar al-assad. >> now, there are more than just a few sticking points be
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Sep 14, 2013 6:00am EDT
surroundings. the u.s. and russia try to agree on syria's chemical weapons poolside at their hotel in geneva. any moment nowell hear about what's happened so far. these are live pictures from geneva. >>> also ahead, former egyptian president hosni mubarak is back in court over the deaths of protesters. >>> more than 50 dead and 60,000 homeless as a cease-fire collapses in the philippines. >>> and shark fin soup off the menu. hong kong's government bows to pressure from conservationists. >>> talks between the u.s. and russia on how to bring syria's chemical weapons under international control are now into the third day. any time now we're expecting the top diplomats from both countries, john kerry and sergei lavrov, to address the media. these are live pictures from that meeting in switzerland where they are due very soon, as we've been saying, to give an update on the progress. we'll, of course, go to that when they come out and speak. jonah hall is live for us in geneva. jonah, the talks are entering their third day. u.s. officials have been reported as saying they're tough talks but are ma
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Sep 28, 2013 8:00am EDT
the meeting. talk again of trying to stop the war. and a new date for the much-delayed geneva peace conference. >>. >> we have agreed and it has been expressed by the secretary-general that the aim - i don't remember exactly the wording - was mid november. >> the problem with that is that the syrian opposition have never said they'll attend the geneva conference, and the syrian regime seem to be insisting that assad should remain president whatever happens. the geneva conference was set for june and during the delay thousands more syrians have died. >> we are joined by charles dell fer a former u.n. chief chemical weapons inspector and top cia officer who directed the investigation of saddam hussein's weapons of mass destruction programs. mr delfer thank you for coming in. good morning. let's begin with what is the first step to actually destroying these chemical weapons. i'm talking about once the inspections are done. the actual destruction of the weapons, what is the first phase. >> the first thing that has to happen is inspectors have to get there and go to sites where key equipment is loc
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Sep 13, 2013 11:00am EDT
minister in geneva again today. they agreed to push for a new peace conference, however, both say until an agreement is made about chemical weapons, peace talks cannot begin. >> basically to discuss the issue of chemical weapons in syria, now that the assad government joined the chemical weapons convention -- >> and we are committed to try to work together, beginning with this initiative on the chemical weapons in hopes that those efforts could pay off, and bring peace and stability to a war-torn part of the world. >> they will meet in new york later this month and hope to be able to set a date for a new international peace conference on syria, which would also be held in geneva. phil is in geneva. okay. phil if they are talk saebting dates for a syrian peace conference, how much can anybody read into that? >> reporter: well, richelle there are a couple of things that have happened here in geneva, that if you peace them together give us some idea of what is happening behind closed door at the hotel behind me. first of which is is that announcement we heard in which secretary of state ke
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Sep 28, 2013 1:30pm PDT
and our partners in geneva. it will be the deeds of iran, certainly within this particular multi-lateral process which will tell the story. >> look, rowhani is not the real leader, it is the ayatollah khomeini, is there any indication there is flexibility on the part of the mullalas? >> i don't think so, looking back into when the ayatollah came into power, regardless of what the people stipulate. again, iran is a revolutionary regime. it's been there since 1979 and it's important to look at those revolutionary fervor, as well as the passions that are still there. but i think you're quite right, gregg, that the supreme leader has quite a bit to say and it's not just politically. it's constitutionally. >> gregg: we'll squeeze in a quick break and i want to ask you about the new iranian president's speech before the united nations in which he said we will not -- we will never give up our uranium enrichment program. if that's true, what is there to negotiate? so your answer on that question coming up in just a moment. we'll be right back check it out... over 20 million drivers are i
Sep 13, 2013 5:00pm PDT
>> coming up, geneva, diplomatic talks between john kerry and sergey blackrock continue -- sergey layrov continue. in new york, a judge has ruled in favor of strippers against a manhattan nightclub that was sued for denying workers minimum wage pay. more on this victory for workers rights coming up. in a lawsuit was dismissed, the atheist groups behind a lawsuit claims that having "in god we trust" violates the separation of church of stat -- the separan of church and state. it is friday, september 13th, 5 p.m. in washington, d.c.. we began today with a diplomatic negotiation over the syrian crisis. the head of the u.n. chemical weapons team announced that the report was complete and will be sent to you when secretary -- the u.n. secretary. this will determine whether chemical weapons were used in syria on august 21 but it will not determine who mad may be responsible for their use. the international envoy held a three-way meeting with the u.s. secretary of state john kerry and the russian foreign minister sergei lavrov. key talks in geneva into the second day. >> people are holdi
Sep 14, 2013 6:00pm PDT
agree on a plane to eliminate syria's chemical weapons but it will work. margaret brennen is in geneva, elizabeth palmer in damascus of course, and holly williams in istanbul. we have stories of narrow escapes after record flooding. the race to clear a massive molasses spill in hawaii is threatening marine life and baffling cleanup crews. and fighting spirit-- terrell brown talks to a man from the front line of new jersey's board walk fire. >> the radio goes off, and we don't hesitate. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" >> glor: good evening, everyone. i'm jeff glower with a western edition of the broadcast. the deal came together quickly. the implementation will not. the u.s. and russia say they have an agreement that will avert american airstrikes by removing or destroying all chemical weapons in syria. the deadline-- the middle of next year. in the meantime, the pentagon is keeping the same level of forces in the region, and the u.s. will continue arming the opposition. the deal was struck in geneva, switzerland, and margaret brennan is there. >> reporter: af
Sep 16, 2013 5:30am PDT
conference with the french foreign minister, after a weekend deal with hands that in geneva. that plan to dismantle and destroy syria's chemical arms stockpiles would give inspectors immediate access to the weapons within a week. the agreement seems to remove any immediate threats of a military strike against syria following the chemical attack in august that killed up to 1300. let's listen now to what the french foreign minister had to say. >> in the coming days, we wish to obtain from the united nations security council a strong resolution. the resolution which will and force the rule of the council's authority to chemical disarmament plans. the resolution that would include sirius consequences if not applied. finally, a resolution that would reaffirm clearly that those who committed these crimes must be called to account. >> if assad fails to comply with the terms of this framework, make no mistake, we are all agreed -- and that includes russia -- that there will be consequences. president obama and i have repeated this statement. warned that should diplomacy fail, the military opti
Sep 3, 2013 1:00am PDT
. colleagues on this i have a question and a possible amendment. the question is around geneva bus rapid transit. there's been a lot of concern around members of my district to make sure there's an effort to look at light rail along geneva corridor and the bus rapid transit perhaps there's a way to look at this towards light rail and it's important inform address the study that will be moving forward particle today. if i could get a response from staff or the mta on the feasibility of that analysis? >> feel free to come to the mid again. on this item on page 182 with respect to the scope of the awarding contract. we included an optional task just to - i want to emphasis this is a short-term improvement of the extort transit district that's something to the development agreement that's going to be put into place. and the sfmta information on this the mta is interested in the operational benefits which could enable the transit to into up to the market street tunnel. and to not prevent access it that facility. i'm understanding clarifying the revenue service ridership potential just recogn
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Sep 12, 2013 8:00pm EDT
. talks began today in geneva. negotiations will continue tomorrow. kerry has made it clear a promise to destroy the chemical weapons is not good enough. >> mike viqueira is live this evening in washington with that story. mike any progress? >> john, they met briefly in this first day of talks in geneva, secretary of state kerry and his russian counterpart sergey lavrov. tomorrow they get down to the it ine gritty. but as they sit down they can't agree on two fundamental points, number one who was responsible to begin with? and secondly, should the threat of force be even held out as a tool to get syria to comply with any deal? going into crucial talks in geneva with the russian foreign minister, secretary of state john kerry laid out america's goal. >> it has to be real. it has to be comprehensive. it has to be verifiable. it has to be credible. it has to be timely, and implemented in a timely fashion. and finally, there ought to be consequences if it doesn't take place. >> back at the white house president obama was optimistic. >> i am hopeful that the discussions that secretary ker
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Sep 27, 2013 8:00pm EDT
of how we got there. remember that issue we had back on 14 september in geneva, when the russians and the americans met, and they came to an agreement on ridding syria of its chemical weapons, but that was only a framework document. in order for it to become a legal device in the world, it has to come here, to the shots you are looking at now. this is the chamber of the security council at the united nations here on the east side of manhattan. it's only the security council that can turn it into an internationally legitimate document. the security council is the body charged with peace and security in the world, and so an un resolution on getting rid of syria's weapons is the only way to go. now, while you are looking at pictures of members of the various delegations here at the united nations chatting before they sit down to vote, we are going to take you to the white house , where earlier this afternoon president obama came to the briefing room and gave his reaction on the impending vote in the security council. take a listen. >> this binding resolution will ensure that the assa
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Sep 12, 2013 6:00pm EDT
met with his russian counterpart today. phil is following the diplomatic efforts for us from geneva, and there is a lot that separates russia and the u.s. when it comes to syria. did this first meeting bring them any closer? >> well, tony, frankly, no, not really. keeping in mind today was really started pretty late. both of these dignitaries had to travel lengthy distances and at short notice to get here. so they started late in the evening, and had opening remarks, and the russian foreign minister and the secretary of state are pretty stuck in their positions, not giving a lot of middle ground. the russians saying they want the possibility of a military strike just taken off of the agenda all together. and the secretary of state said that the regime of bashar al-assad has to remain under the belief that the u.s. could strike, and he sent the message not only to damascus, but to his russian counterpart that the u.s. remains serious about this. >> this is not a game. it has to be real. it has to be comprehensive. it has to be verifiable. it has to be credible. it has to be timely an
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Sep 13, 2013 6:00am EDT
and sergie are known to get along well and paying off in geneva and will meet in new york to revive an effort to end the syrian crisis and talking about how to get rid of syria's chemical weapons arsenal and this is what they said in the last hour. >> i will say on behalf of the united states that president obama is deeply committed to a negotiated solution with respect to syria. and we know that russia is likewise. we are working hard to find the common ground and be able to make that happen. and we discussed some of the homework that we both need to do, we are not going to go into it in any detail today. we both agreed to do that homework and meet again in new york around the time of the u.n. general assembly, around the 28th. >> translator: the russian president from the very beginning of the syrian conflict have been promoting a peaceful resolution. we have strongly supported the league initiative and observers and the u.n. observers and we were one of the initiators of convening geneva one. >> reporter: not everyone is so optimistic and the emergency director of human rights watch is i
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Sep 13, 2013 9:00am EDT
in geneva focusing on way to get rid of syria's chemical weapons arsenal. we'll go to jonah who is in geneva for us, but first let's hear what the diplomats have been saying. >> i will say on behalf of the united states that president obama is deeply committed to a negotiated solution with respect to syria, and we know that russia is likewise. we are working hard to find the common ground to be able to make that happen, and we discussed some of the homework that we both need to do. we're not going to go into it in dedetail today, we have both agreed to do that homework, and meet in new york around the 28th. >> >> translator: russia, the russian president from the begin having been supporting a peaceful resolution. we have supported the un observers, and we were one of the initiators of convening geneva one. >> translator: i believe we should welcome this decision by the syrian leadership, and i would like to express my hope that this would become a verier isous step. >> the syrian president, says his government will start submitting data on its chemical stockpile one month after signing the
Sep 26, 2013 10:00am PDT
, implementation of what was agreed on in geneva one hopefully through geneva 2. >> being the peace negotiations that have been delayed for months but we hope will happen. >> that's right. but on geneva 2, geneva 2 i think has to have one specific objective and that is implementation of operative phrase of geneva one, that is establishing a transitioning governing body with mutual consent and for the transfer of authority of if that is implemented in the overall context, good for everybody. >> for assad. >> what was clear in geneva one and leading to geneva 2, full transfer of executive authority. has to be through negotiations with assad. >> on the chemical weapons because that has been the biggest threat to you. do you think they can actually be contained? can they be collected, disarmed, disabled? is that realistic given how difficult it's been for the united states and russia to get rid of them in the last 20 years. >> we had always warned the threat, use of chemical weapons in the context of syria and what's happening, what's been happening in syria for a couple of years is, a, to have chem
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Sep 12, 2013 11:00am EDT
.s. are talking things over. jeact john kerry arrived in geneva this morning there for two days for talks with sergei lavrov. we have live team coverage going to geneva shortly. randall pinkston, good to see you. let's talk first of all about this op ed in the new york times from russian president vladimir putin. how is the white house responding to that? president putin being an ally of syria doing what he can to avert any kind of military strike from the u.s. what is the u.s.'s reaction? >> putin has his own objectives and aims at heart and certainly not america's. we would like to be the fly on the wall for shall we say the unofficial reaction to what putin wrote but we do have a senior administration official telling us this morning that president putin has invested his credibility in transferring assad's chemical weapons to international control and ultimately are destroying them. if world will note whether russia can follow through on that commitment. and you don't have to really read through the lines here to see what the white house is saying, that now mr. putin its up to you to d
Sep 13, 2013 4:00am PDT
putin in the "new york times." nbc foreign correspondent andrea mitchell in geneva. >> reporter: secretary of state john kerry and russian foreign minister sergey lavrov center stage in geneva but putin stole the show with his extraordinary brazen attack on president obama's syrian speech, an op-ed in the "new york times." taunting america for saying america was exceptional. putin wrote it's extremely dangerous for people to see themselves as exceptional no matter what the motivation. he said airstrikes would result in more innocent victims and escalation. and it is alarming military intervention and internal conflicts in foreign countries has become congressman place for the united states. and putin wrote that while no one doubts that poison gas was used in syria, he claimed it was used not by the syrian army but opposition forces. in geneva kerry brought a big team of arms control experts prepared to test the russian's seriousness. >> this is not a game, and i said that with my friend sergey lavrov. it has to be real, verifiable, credible. >> reporter: kerry says force should
Sep 13, 2013 2:30pm PDT
their talks. the bbc's diplomatic correspondent is in geneva. >> it has been a long days talking. are kerry and sergei lavrov said to get on well. they've even been looking ahead with the top u.s. official on syria for the possibility of reviving wider peace talks. but first, they have to resolve weapons over the chemical -- issues over the chemical weapons issue. >> we would both agree that we constructive conversation regarding that, but those conversations are continuing and both of us want to get back to them now. putin has been meeting fellow leaders, including from china and iran. the initiative to establish control over syrian chemical weapons is underway. we hope for positive results, which should create conditions for a peaceful settlement to the crisis. >> the un's secretary-general has let slip that there is confirmation that chemical weapons were used in last month's attack. unaware that tv was live as he spoke. >> i believe that the report report an overwhelming that chemical weapons was used, even though i cannot publicly say at this time before i received this report. >> in g
Sep 12, 2013 2:30pm PDT
the syrian crisis. tonight, the american and russian foreign secretaries talk in geneva to see if they can find a place to meet where they will put serious chemical weapons under control. -- issad government is seeking to join this coalition. but nobody thinks that this will be easy. geneva is a world away from the horrors of syria, but this is the city where chemical weapons were outlawed almost a century to go. now, the two key foreign sergeirs, john kerry and lavrov, try to break two years of deadlocks over syria. not hide old tensions which still divide them. >> we proceed from the assumption that the resolution of this problem makes any strike against syria unnecessary. and i am unsure that the americans are in favor of a peaceful conclusion. >> it has to be real, comprehensive, and it has to be verified. it has to be credible. it has to be timely and implemented in a timely fashion. and finally, there are to be concert ensues if this does not take place. >> on russian television this afternoon, the president was seen buckling under russian and american pressure, agreeing to give up
Sep 30, 2013 2:30pm PDT
, the politicians continue to debate. they question the hope of a breakthrough at a plant peace conference in geneva. speaking to the bbc in new york addressing the un's general assembly, he said the conference turkey, qatar,le and others continue to supply weapons. with more, jeremy bowen. is biggerd crisis than the war in syria. it may be too late to stop the killing and definitely too soon for any side in the war to admit defeat, but countries, including britain, are trying to arrange a peace conference in geneva. foreign minister here in new york for the u n general assembly says syria would go to geneva, but the conference would never work while saudi arabia, qatar, and turkey continued to aid the armed rebels. geneva,he success of committing itself to refraining from supplying army and financing, smuggling all of these terrorists. >> in the netherlands, u.n. inspectors are leaving for serious to find and neutralize serious chemical weapons. 's chemical weapons. some of the sites are in territory controlled by the rebels. we will do our best in our circumstances to cooperate. outside world nece
Sep 24, 2013 7:00am EDT
there is a geneva conference? >> i am frankly more encouraged about getting to geneva ii that i was a few months ago. we have heard the syrian government talk about the stalemate and a need for a cease-fire. we have heard the opposition coalition that doesn't represent all factions, i realized that, but expressed over the past couple of days a willingness to go to geneva. the the cameras panned conference on the opening day of the conference, wendy syrians look at the -- when the syrians look at the opposition delegation, they will be able to say that yes, that is the representative, inclusive delegation. are we about to see a remarkable transformation? i'm talking about the welcome that iran's president, hassan rouhani, can expect as he meets with other world leaders at the general assembly in new york in a few hours time. it is expected that his speech will be less controversial than that of his -- than those of his predecessor, mahmoud ahmadinejad. a conservative with a pragmatic political streak come was elected in june promising to me ease iran's fractious a former relations and u.s.-led sancti
Sep 30, 2013 8:00am EDT
that the only way to bring peace to syria is an inclusive and syrian-led political process based on the geneva communique of 30, june, 2012. today's resolution calls for convening an international conference on syria to implement the geneva communique as soon as possible. excellencies, it is time to make this happen as soon as possible. the united nations has completed all the preparatory work. president assad has stated that he is prepared to send a delegation to geneva and the syrian national coalition has expressed its willingness to engage. our conversations over the last week have focused on launching geneva ii. on wednesday at my working lunch with the ministers of the five permanent members of the council, we agreed to make sure that the syrian participants come to the conference to negotiate in good faith. today arab league and the united nations join special representative brahimi and i continued these discussions with the member states. we are aiming for a conference in mid november. in the meantime, mr. brahimi will launch all the necessary preparations to insure success. distinguis
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agreed to meet in geneva on the 15th and 16th of october. >> reporter: so less than a month from now, they will be meeting again in geneva and i know that they don't want to say too much until that meeting happens, but she went on to say that the agreement in that meeting this afternoon lead to the culmination of discussions whereby iran is welcome to abide by existing p5-plus 1 regarding what it should do, or it can propose its own proposal. here at the un we call it is the p5-plus 1, they call it the three against the u.s. russia and china. three plus three. >> john at the beginning of this week, we suggested that the chance was there that news might be made, avenues is being made. john ter et -- terrett at the united nation. >>> iran has influence in crucial american policy decisions so why does iran matter? it sits between two key countries iraq, and afghanistan, and has influence on both of them. and the west has accused iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon, but iran says it is only interested in generating electricity. iran is also a main ally of bashar al-assad. iran and
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Sep 12, 2013 2:00pm EDT
states and russia began key talks in geneva to put syria's chemical weapons beyond use. >>> meanwhile, the united nations confirms it's received syria's application to join the chemical weapons convention. >>> i'm in london with the latest from europe including -- >> everyone is very energized and looking forward to it. quite xielted. >> they're poised and ready for the unprecedented task of salvaging italy's costa concordia. >> we have all the sports from the world cup hopes. i'll tell you about that later in the program. plus afghanistan has the celebrations over football and marked their biggest achievement on the international stage. >>> syria's words alone on chemical weapons are not enough. that was the message from the u.s. secretary of state john kerry in geneva as key talks get underway with his russian court part sergei lavrov. >> i have seen reports that the syrian regime has suggested that as part of the standard process they ought to have 30 days to submit data on their technical -- on their chemical weapons stockpile. we believe there is nothing standard about this proce
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Sep 13, 2013 5:00am EDT
. ♪ welcome back, our top stories the u.s. second starry secretary of state have met in the meeting in geneva and trying to reach a deal over chemical weapons and they will join a u.n. treaty banning their use. four men convicted of gang rape and killing a woman in india are sentenced to death and it happened on a bus moving at the time in new deli if december the men will appeal. the taliban has responsibility on an attack in afghanistan on u.s. consulate and 8 died including five attackers. 20 years ago a historic agreement was reached between the israelis and palestinians that meant to harold a just lasting and comprehensive peace settlement and called the oslo-accord and it was this 1993 and arafat and seen as a diplomatic master and a permanent deal for two states and to people. the so called two-state solution. 20 years on that goal is still far from sight. in that time the number of israelis settlers in lands in the 1967 war is more than doubled and it's very much a sticking point in the talks. israeli people have soured relations in the gaza war in 2008 and those who control the strip
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Sep 14, 2013 7:00am EDT
to geneva very shortly to speak to phil itner, in the meantime, the u.s. and russia have agreed to an arms deal for syria. it's happening in geneva. secretary of state and his russian counter part, have said as i said, they must turn have access to the weapons. let's go now to fill who has been monitoring this press conference. this is breaking news, and significant process has been made. give us the highlights. >> well, rachelle, we are still die jetting what is going on here in geneva. there's a lot of information we are getting from both secretary of state kerry and from the foreign minister. but what we do know is a number of different things about what appears to be an agreement between the russians and the americans on how to proceed. most important is the fact that this proposal to the u. n. security council will include a clause that will basically put is assayed regime under consequences of the chapter 7 resolution of the u.n. charter. that means basically if they don't comply with getting rid of chemical weapons that consequences will come to syria. now that could be inning from
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Sep 17, 2013 6:00am EDT
of the geneva conference so that fully commanded agreements which had been concluded in geneva communicate in 2012, we in geneva met with john kerry and we have joined understanding with france, we don't have any discrepancies with france or conductor of the conference. i would say in june of this year when it was discussed the syrian topic, mr. alan suggested the g 8 push over the initiative of the date of the conference in this way to have pressure for potential participants so they stop just dodging from this event. mr. putin supported this proposal. mr. alan and g 8 and we are ready to declare the date today or tomorrow or tomorrow or the date because we are sure that the government has already declared about a readiness to send the delegation. it announced the delegation and he is supporting the opposition party. he doesn't say support for us. we value the efforts under taken by american partners and colleagues in region and europe which have decisive influence on the national coalition which they consider to be the main or the only opposition at the moment but so far the efforts, no
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Sep 12, 2013 3:00am EDT
to a plan in geneva. >> good to have you with us. separatist rebels attack a second town in the southern philippines four days after taking more than 100 people hostage. the dutch government apologize for his killing thousands during indonesia's struggle for independence. and as london fashion week looms, campaigners step up the pressure on manufacturer to his improve working conditions. ♪ ♪ >> the u.s. secretary of state john kerry is on his way to geneva to meet his russian counterpart, now they will be discussing a russian plan for syria to hand over it' it's its cheap cal weapons earlier they failed for agree on how they should be brought you were control. we'll get the latest from moscow and a geneva in a movement but first this report. >> reporter: with the russians playing host the five veto keeling members of the u.n. security council met on wednesday evening to discuss the wording i've resolution requiring syria's chemical weapons be destroyed. russia doesn't want the resolution to be militarily enforceable. the u.s. and some of its allies doing. so now it's up to these men
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Sep 13, 2013 2:00am EDT
. secretary of state john kerry and the russian foreign minister are meeting in geneva. syria's u.n. ambassador today says his country has become a full member of the treaty banning the use of chemical weapons, in washington today president obama says he hopes diplomacy will prevail. our coverage begins with al jazerra's mike in washington. >> reporter: well, they met briefly on this first day of meeting in geneva, did secretary of state john kerry and his russian counterpart, tomorrow they get down to the nitty gritty to try to reach ideal to rid syria of chemical weapons. but as these two sides sit down. the russians and the americans, they can't agree on two very fundamental points, first, who was responsible for the august 21st chemical weapons attacks and should the threat of force be used to try to get syria to comply with the deal. going in to crucial talks in geneva with the russian foreign minister, secretary of state john kerry laid out america's goal. >> it has to be real. it has to be comprehensive. it has to be verifiable. it has to be credible. it has to be timely an
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Sep 14, 2013 5:00am EDT
to an agreement. >>> this was the scene in geneva where we expect to hear from the russian foreign minister and u.s. secretary of state john kerr, and we will, of course, go to that news conference as soon as that begins. >>> for weeks now the white house has been saying it knows the syrian government is responsible for poison gas attacks, but as we report, some politicians are questioning that intelligence. >> reporter: matthew is a former foreign service officer and captain in the u.s. marine corps. he was the first united states official to resign in protest over the afghan war, but his government contacts are still fresh. he says they're pleading with him to expose the u.s. intelligence being presented in the case for strikes on syria. >> the intelligence that's being presented, what little actual evidence is being presented, is cherry-picked. it is misleading. it is not completely thorough. there are other evidence that contradicts what we're being told. >> reporter: what the american people are being told is that -- >> we know the assad regime was responsible. in the days leading up to augu
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position, and jonah hull has more from geneva. >> reporter: unlikely partners in diplomacy, russia and the united states stay they have agreed a plan to put sear request's chemicasyria'schemica, john kerry said neither side was under any illusion but says the job can be done. >> the world will now expect the assad regime to live up to its public commitments. and as i said at the outset of these negotiations, there can be no games, no room for avoidance, or anything less than full compliance by the assad regime. >> reporter: and what if he doesn't comply? after meetings that went on for three days in geneva, sergei lavrov seems to have achieved russia's goal of watering down the u.s. threat of force. >> in this approach agreed on there is nothing said about the use of force. or about any automatic sanctions. as i said, all violations should be approved to the security council convincingly and we understand the decision that his we have reach today is only the beginning of the road. >> reporter: these are the key points of u.s.-russian plan. syria must submit a full list of chemical
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is in the details and that's why john kerry arrived in geneva to discuss syria giving up chemical weapons. vladimir putin penned this in the op-ed and he didn't mince words. the chemical weapons were not used by the syrian government, but instead the syrian opposition and that any u.s. strikes would increase violence and kick off a new wave of terrorism. >> i think it is pretty clear that the whole purpose of that was to try to weaken our resolve and to try to make sure that we would not fulfill our pledge to conduct military action if we have to. >> the white house response to this, putin is putting his credibility on the line. jay carney saying something similar at the white house yesterday. >> demonstrates that, you know, russia is now putting its prestige on the line when it comes to moving further along this diplomatic avenue. >> >> as the government confirms a new "washington post" report that they're suppliering the fighters with much-needed weaponry. we begin with kristen well kerr. >> let's start more with the putin op-ed and i want to put it up there. millions around the world increasingl
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. >> woodruff: u.s. and russian negotiators worked into the night in geneva, on putting syria's chemical weapons under international control. one u.s. official reported the two sides were at a pivotal point. secretary of state john kerry said the meetings with his russian counterpart, sergei lavrov, were constructive. he said the outcome may determine if there's any hope for actual peace talks. >> we are committed to try to work together, beginning with this initiative on the chemical weapons in hopes that those efforts could pay off and bring peace and stability to a war- torn part of the world. >> woodruff: in washington, president obama said he will insist any chemical weapons deal is verifiable and enforceable. also today, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon said he expects an overwhelming report that chemical weapons were used in syria last month. his chief inspector said the report is finished, but he declined to discuss the findings. thousands of people in colorado faced a flooded landscape today, after days of heavy rain that triggered flash floods. the casualty count stood at three dead
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Sep 12, 2013 7:00am EDT
in geneva for high level talks on the crisis in syria. will the u.s. and russia be able to reach a deal for removing chemicals from the war torn nations? a power play from putin, warning against a military strike in syria. >> flash flooding forces thousands in colorado to flee. >> hundreds held host acknowledge, thousands forced to flee, armed muslim rebels and government rebels face off in intense fighting. >> russian penalty putin sounding off on syria. mr. putin cautioned the u.s. against military strikes, saying he felt compelled to speak directly to the american people about the dangers of intervention saying it could undermine multi-lateral efforts to resolve the iranian problem and destabilize the middle east, throwing the entire system of international law and order out of balance. that's a quote. his message was delivered hours before secretary of state john kerry and russia's foreign 15ster are set to meet in geneva. the two are talking about the plan for russia to destroy syria's chemical weapons. the u.n. report is set to be reds next week, but the key question of who deploy
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Sep 13, 2013 4:00pm EDT
is the view from washington? >> reporter: tony, all eyes in washington are on geneva. john kerry there with his russian counterpart trying to come to an agreement to collect syrian chemical weapons and destroy them. they met late last night and they're continuing to meet today the last that we heard. >>> president obama in the oval office in one of these photo ops that we're familiar, he was with the premiere of kuwait. this is the only sound we heard from the white house today trying to keep a low profile all across town, staying on the talking points and trying to let kerry do his work. they don't want to interfere whatsoever. he the president said he and the premiere of kuwait is sitting in the white house, and they believe it was important for the international community to respond. >> obama: i repeated what i said publicly, just that any agreement needs to be verifiable and enforceable. >> reporter: and meanwhile in geneva we did hear from john kerry an earlier today, moving n two tracks, the one more urgent, what to do with the chemical weapons, and also the political track
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